May 25, 2016

Council of Bishops Follows Tradition with Letter to the Church

(UMNS) - Reviving a tradition that is more than 200 years old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter yesterday to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20. Click here to see letter

Bulletin Insert Available for Worship 

The AWF Communications Team has prepared a bulletin insert for you to use in your upcoming worship services. The insert features the highlights from General Conference and our Alabama-West Florida delegate news. Should you need a black and white version, simply adjust your printer settings. The layout of the file is for 8.5 x 11 paper, two sided. Click here to download insert

General Conference Votes of Note

General Conference delegates acted on hundreds of pieces of legislation, taking part in debates, prayerfully discerning options, and voting on consent calendars items. Some of the notable legislation from GC2016 is in this article. Photo by Luke Lucas, AWF

Highlights from General Conference

AWF Delegates Elected to Lead GC Committee Work

GC2016: Rule 44 Does Not Pass

Furr Elected as SEJ Representative for Commission of the General Conference

Ester Participates in Deaconess & Home Missioner Consecration

Term limits for bishops fails at GC2016

Council of Bishops Make Statement Regarding Church Unity

Prayer a Vital Component of GC2016

GC2016 celebrates Africa University

Council of Bishops Offers a Way Forward, Delegates Approve Plan

AWF Episcopal Nominee, Bryan, Speaks with SEJ Delegates and Guests

Imagine No Malaria celebration rocks the house

29 new missionaries commissioned at General Conference

COSROW Celebrates Milestone Anniversaries for Clergy Women

Petition, caucus condemn use of Native Americans mascots

Church ends membership in reproductive health coalition

AWF Reserve Delegates Provide Support and Prayer

AWF Clergy Works on GC Secretary Staff

Agency focuses on increasing men’s church involvement

Delegates Approve Quadrennial Budget

Complete coverage on General Conference can be found on our Website at and through United Methodist News ServicePhotos above by Luke Lucas, AWF, and UMNS

SEJ Episcopal Nominee Videos Available Online

Fourteen Episcopal candidates from the Southeastern Jurisdiction presented to delegates and guests on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18, 2016, during lunch breaks at General Conference. All candidates were asked to answer two questions within a six-minute time frame. The first question asked nominees to name two of the most important accomplishments in their ministry, while the next question allowed this group to inform SEJ delegates where their passion lies and how they would bring it to life, if elected. Elections for Bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference will be held July 12-15, 2016, at Lake Junaluska, NC. Click here to see nominee videos

General Conference Newsletter Archive

If you were unable to catch the action of General Conference, click on the daily archive below for Alabama-West Florida Conference daily updates. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016

After General Conference

For analysis, news stories, follow up, and looking back: 

Live Stream Archives: Find on-demand and downloadable versions of the daily General Conference plenary sessions, worship, and addresses.

Legislation Tracking: Search for legislation submitted by petition number, keyword or submitter for information regarding the actions taken on each piece of legislation. 

General Conference Website: Continue to read news from General Conference 2016 at the General Conference website. 

Social Media: Follow the hashtags #UMCGC and #GC2016


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